Split Science Museum and Zoo

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Split Science Museum and Zoo
Donkeys in Split ZOO.jpg
Donkeys in Split Zoo
Date opened 1924 (museum)[citation needed]
1928 (Zoo)[citation needed]
Location Split, Croatia
Coordinates 43°30′31″N 16°25′33″E / 43.5085031°N 16.4259338°E / 43.5085031; 16.4259338Coordinates: 43°30′31″N 16°25′33″E / 43.5085031°N 16.4259338°E / 43.5085031; 16.4259338
Land area 0.65 hectares (1.6 acres)
No. of animals 450 (2006)
No. of species 55 (2006)

Split Science Museum (Croatian: Prirodoslovni muzej i zoološki vrt grada Splita) is a museum located on mount Marjan, in Split, Croatia. The Science museum is an old house. The museum present few collections as mineralogy and geology collections and more [1]


In 2006, after years of protests by animal rights groups, Split Zoo decided to relocate all of its exotic animals and stop accepting new ones. Nevertheless, the miserable situation for the animals has not changed and animal protection groups in Croatia receive countless complaints by shocked tourists on a regular basis. In 2014 the zoo announced that it will be closing and relocating all animals.[2]

In June 2015, after the closing of the museum and zoo in 2014, an artists collective founded by artist Hrvoje Cokarich from Split decided to help the left over animals. Finding that people/governments don't like to take care of humans, animals or things that have no purpose (like donkeys being replaced by cars), they are trying to find new purpose for the animals. This way they hope that either because of the publicity and/or the use / profit of the new purpose the people and city government will see the purpose and therefor also feel the need to take care of the animals.

Ever since 2016, artists come up with alternative purpose to avoid extinction of the animals. (Inter)national artists are invited to actually apply to do a week long residency at the zoo and make a project with/for the donkeys.

Artists that participated in the project so far are: Hrvoje Cokaric, Vanja Pagar, Darko Skrobonja, Ranko Smoljan, Petar Pecur, Ronald Panza, Matija Habijanec, Igor Milhovilovic, Matea Munitic Mihovilovic, Ivo Poderzaj, Dragan Dokic, Ivan Svagusa, Tomislav Miljak, Ivo Jerkunica, Darvin Butkovic, Marko Brecelj, Zoran Kelava and Nela Sisaric.

Marijan is a gorgeous silent green space / park the size of approx. 300 square kilometer (similar to Central Park in NYC) it's a small mountain the city of Split is wrapped around. There are no cars, no horeca, just nature and art. It is where people run, bike, and just chill enjoying the great views. It gives not only the citizens but also the tourists some peace and quiet from the 24H vibrant alive city down the mountain at the sea. You can either bike up the mountain, take a small train that leaves from the city just outside the old palace in front of the Museum of Fine Arts, or you can take stairs that go all the way up the mountain to where the zoo is, with benches and viewpoints on the way up (or down).


  1. ^ "Croatia Split Science Museum". 
  2. ^ Igualate, Israel (2014-03-17). "Croatia Split Science Museum and Zoo Closing, Bad Conditions". Global Animal. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 

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